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VMFA187 last won the day on October 20 2016

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  1. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    That’s about the performance levels we’re seeing at our fighter fleet replacement squadrons, or FTUs. Performance markedly lower all around than what was typical 6-10 years ago.
  2. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I need to know this as well.
  3. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    That article went viral in USMC fleet squadron ready rooms. Our leaders are either manipulating facts to a point rarely seen or just straight up lying. We have a fleet F-18 squadron deploying in less than three weeks with an average of 2-3 hours per pilot in the last 30 days. They had a single flyable jet Friday. Flyable, not mission capable.
  4. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I'm surprised you guys haven't begun to target separating Navy and Marine Corps fighter pilots. There are a huge number of dudes with gold wings dealing with all of the problems you guys are, who get zero bonus and average about 3-5 flight hours a month. I am by no means trying to say you guys don't have it bad, just bringing to light that there is an experienced pool of dudes many of whom would almost certainly agree to transfer to a similar platform if they simply got to fly more, let alone got a (small) bonus.
  5. F-35 Lightning info

    I agree with you. Its not worth the cost when you evaluate what you must give up for VSTOL capability. But it does give you some nice flexibility in very specific circumstances.
  6. F-35 Lightning info

    No argument there. We would've prevented the massive decrease in flight hours across the board in the TacAir community which has occurred since 2012 if we had purchased the Rhino as a stop-gap - Could have picked up some additional nice capabilities as well. We went all in with the F-35 and the Marine fighter community is getting absolutely decimated with retention issues because of the resultant delays. I know the AF has their issues, but if you combine all those with the fact that dudes are flying four to six times a month on top of all the other "Every Marine a rifleman" garbage and its not hard to understand why dudes don't want to do this anymore, or at least in this uniform. Concur, the F-35 does provide us a significant increase in capabilities... As should a plane that is decades newer than the ones it is replacing. It just could've been "more" without VSTOL. Doubtful. I don't think the USMC has nearly enough influence on the Navy for that. That being said, there is an advantage that will hopefully never be realized in having the ability to stage fifth gen assets on something other than just the big deck carriers with VSTOL when our adversaries are proliferating ASBMs like the DF-21/26.
  7. F-35 Lightning info

    Still disappointed we didn't just opt to buy As and Cs and leave the B completely out of the project. I don't know anyone who has placed B > C when they've put in their request for TX.
  8. The new airline thread

    Saw this posted elsewhere. Anyone able to vouch for its accuracy?
  9. F-22 Pilot's comments after flying the F-4

    Springer, she sure is cocked up at that speed. Can’t imagine she liked a 1C fight very much, but I bet it was a hell of a lot of fun.
  10. F-22 Pilot's comments after flying the F-4

    ... As long as the ejection seat works.
  11. F-22 Pilot's comments after flying the F-4

    I'd take the chance. ... Or were you referring to OBOGS issues?
  12. F-22 Pilot's comments after flying the F-4

    Would've killed to have flown fighters at any point from the '50s through the '80s.
  13. Future T-38 replacement?

    Piss away. Everyone pull out your #skyart and let's get to measuring. While I agree, the benefits of training to A/A are magnitudes greater than any other type of mission set when it comes to developing all aspects of a pilot in fighter aviation. So while some communities may be on the B-team (or C-team if you look at USMC legacy Hornets) when Chinese hordes launch, training to that level and mission set has immeasurable benefits.
  14. Future T-38 replacement?

    I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it’s an easy item to cover in the brief - “Don’t use your ing left hand to fix your position.” And they’re pretty decent about it. Sure, they’re always 800-1,000 lbs below lead, but that’s more on account of sawing the throttle throughout all phases of flight. The Navy has 10 or 15 tacform flights in the T-45 devoted solely to... Tacform. The geometry is the same in the Hornet.
  15. Future T-38 replacement?

    Throttle management should be a discussion for classes, chalk talks, and briefs. Every F-18 Cat 1 knows not to select Max to fix a sucked position, and they’ve never flown in an aircraft with AB prior. A trainer doesn’t need AB, awesome to have, sure. But certainly not required. I’d rather them get trained up on a synthetic GPS based radar to learn the proper division between form, sensor, and comm before showing up in a true fighter.